One thought on “Mary Renault and The Praise-Singer

  1. I love Mary Renault’s historical fiction, and The Praise Singer is high on my list, too, but my absolute favorite of hers is The Mask of Apollo; over many rereadings, its narrator Nikeratos has become a personal friend. (That one also contains at least a glimpse of a lesbian relationship, btw.) I note that Renault often uses a first-person narrator, like Simonides or Niko, and I think that adds to the matter-of-fact acceptance of the historical setting that one comes away with after reading her novels.


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